The US Society of Motion Pictures Engineers (SMPTE) and the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) are to merge.
SMPTE will initially provide administrative support to HPA, expected to culminate in the merger of the two organisations by May 2015.
The pair said that their partnership would unite the two leading technical organisations serving the media and entertainment business, and would give both SMPTE and HPA the opportunity to extend their reach and expand their membership while better serving the whole industry.
“HPA is known not only for its unique brand identity, but also for facilitating open dialog among all disciplines in the entertainment industry,” said Wendy Aylsworth, president of SMPTE.
“Complementing SMPTE’s work in standards and education, these qualities will enrich the experience of SMPTE members worldwide, giving them the opportunity to engage in more frequent dialogue with nontechnical and supporting industry professionals. For these and many other reasons, we look forward to extending the HPA brand to a broader global audience.”